Our Farm Management Support specialists continuously investigate how to improve the milking process even further. They do this by running tests in the barn while using our customers’ knowledge of the Lely barn solutions. In this way they gain valuable insights, which help you to manage your dairy farm more efficiently and profitably.
Management, Grazing, T4C & InHerd
Myths about robotic milking - Part 2
In the second of our two-part series we look at three more perceptions or myths that may be preventing dairy farmers from investing in robotic milking.
Myths about robotic milking - Part 1
Dairy farmers who invest in the Lely Astronaut milking robot often say that they wish they’d done it sooner. Benefits including increased milk production, better flexibility and work-life balance are all regularly fed back to Lely Centers by customers. Here we tackle the first two of five common myths about Lely robotic milking equipment: “The initial investment is not affordable”, “They are expensive to run and might bring unexpected bills”.
Management, T4C & InHerd, Cow health, Tips & Tricks
Why treatment plans?
Ensuring that animal health issues are dealt with effectively and that the labour involved in the treatment is efficient is very important, particularly as herd sizes become larger. Farms with an automatic milking system have an extra tool they can use to increase the effectiveness of the treatment, thereby decrease the effort of the farmer has to make to achieve the best results.
Preparation for dry period pays off
Dry period infections are a very important part of the epidemiology of environmental pathogens such as E. coli and S. uberis. These infections often remain subclinical throughout the dry period, but are then an important cause of clinical mastitis in the first few months of the subsequent lactation period. This article will give more insight and information about the different stages of the dry period and their relation to mastitis.
Management, T4C & InHerd, Feeding, Tips & Tricks
Adjust Vector feed setting based on cow signals
Observing cow behaviour in the barn and at the feed fence for a period of time can provide you with a lot of information. This information is very useful to help manage the feeding strategy. It is important monitor cow behaviour daily as it gives you information you can react to directly in order to create the best feeding conditions on your farm.
T4C & InHerd
New: local hot rinse after health treatment T4C
The new Lely T4C update, version 220.127.116.11, brings a new functionality to the Lely Astronaut: namely an option in the medicine library to select a ‘hot rinse’. Lely decided to introduce this option as there are more and more oil-based antibiotics available on the market.